… it feels very bad, why? Just to mention a few reasons, the people, the scenery, the people, the snowboarding, have I already mentioned the people?
yep, besides Flash At The Lake 09 there was no conference that I loved so much, It was such an awesome time talking with some great cool people, it was a laid back conference with
lots of time for networking, snowboarding, and simply having fun. Let me recap for your what happened and how I experienced it.
Yep, I’ve driven up to Stechelberg a day before the Conference officially started together with Mihai Corlan which I had the opportunity of picking up at the Airport and having
a very relaxed drive to the mountains with some very good talks not only geeky but very inspiring and fun. After arriving at the Location, people started to walk in ( there were already a few though ),
and we had a great time getting to know each other and to learn about what others do, very constructive and inspiring, if it wasn’t for the late night obligatory speaker snowball fight at 3am
First day on the slopes, first day of the conference, after a very relaxing snowboarding day with @riccastelhano, @masdennis, @starnut, @johanlopes and @agens as you can see here, the conference started late but very interesting with the opening speech of @mcorlan on Building Mobile Apps with Adobe AIR, followed by @agens speech on Making Flash Games where he showed an awesome ski jump game which attracted a sick amount of gamers, Peter also presented FunGrid an opensource flash game API, almost at midnight @mcorlan had the last speech of the day/night where he showed some great AIR/P2P examples as well some tips & tricks on his session Optimizing your Flash/AIR Application. Same as last night, it didn’t end very early and in this place I would like to thank Otto & and his service for keeping us awake with some booze and especially to stay awake with us at such late time.
Apart from the usual awesome weather in Stechelberg, just have a look at this awful pics, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and if you don’t have enough of it, here the complete Album. Everybody was pretty much on time to attend @masdennis awesome presentation on Messing with Actionscript and the Kinect then as the Dinner arrived, @fcolaco had a surprise prepared for us especially for visitors outside of Switzerland, the local yodeler group made a show for us and you shouldn’t miss this one, The Yodelers at gotoAndSki(); after their show, the conference continued its normal path and @starnut was up on the stage for his talk titled Hot Wireless Data Fudge where he speaks about all kinds of wireless communication while developing for AIR on mobile and on the desktop, again quite late it was my turn to present Developing for TV with AIR, where @fcolaco grounded me for not behaving don’t remember why though but I think it was okay to do so.
Day 3 & Last Day:
Yep, this pretty much sucks, everybody knew that this was the last day of the conference and everyone was sad about it as well, nevertheless, @dctrl @starnut and me decided to have a blast on the slopes and do some snowboarding the last day, which again was wonderful due to the awesome weather in the mountains, this time we had to start a bit earlier as some attendees were living that night.
First of all @trinefalbe stepped up the stage with her talk on Cognitive Psychology in Interactive Design a very very good talk which I really enjoyed and I recommend this one to all of you designing Flash Applications, Websites, or even if you are not a Flash Developer, have a look at it as soon as her video is online. After Trine we had to speed up things a little and instaed of having dinner @riccastelhano was up on the stage doing his talk on Flash + Arduino: a connection with Feelings, again a very inspiring talk with funny moments and great shows, as well it wakened up the electronical guy in me, just need to get my hands on a bunch of boards and start building my own stuff, I think our good friend Maciek “Feel happy like a pig in the mud” Wcislik aka @inoutin had the same thoughts like me.
Last but not least our very own SFUG co-manager @_sandro was up on the stage talking about Advanced Flash Accessibility a great talk as usual and how could it be different, Sandro released a new opensource library called JAcc that will help every flash developer enabling Accessibility in their Flash Projects. That was it gotoAndSki(); was officially over and everyone was feeling sad about it.
At the end it was one of the best conferences I’ve attended in the past, not only because there was some snowboarding involved, no, @fcolaco and @almeidavid_made a great conference in the swiss alps porting the concept from norway to switzerland, I had a blast meeting all these people, which now became friends, I can’t describe well enough how the conference was, I think the best would be to check out the tweets from the first week after the event by then you will be mad that you didn’t attend this event but you will know where you are going to be next year when it’s time for gotoAndSki(“switzerland”); 2012.
Below some of the tweets that I think really explain how the conference was:
I guess good networking is when you think “I miss this guys” instead of just “I made this business contacts”. Damn #gotoAndSki nostalgia…